Halloween Film Festival Sponsored In Part By Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
The 2nd Annual Halloween International Film Festival returns to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina this October 26-28, featuring more than 40 independent films from around the world, and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is once again among this year’s generous sponsors.
“Having the support of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is very important to us, because we envision this festival growing into a regional destination event,” said Halloween Film Festival founder and programming director Matt Artz. “Part of our goal is to bring world class talents within the film industry to the area while giving a platform for our local filmmakers to gain some exposure on an international level. It’s a fan event for anyone who loves Halloween and spooky movies, but our film festival is also an industry event designed to create networking opportunities that will continue to build a successful film industry here on the Outer Banks and throughout our region.”
There will be many visiting filmmakers in attendance at the festival, and they will be participating in audience Q&A sessions following the screenings of their films, as well as nightly meet-and-greets with our special guests and photo ops on our Orange Carpet in the theater lobby.
Highlights of this year’s feature films include 3 Dead Trick or Treaters, an experimental anthology from Canada that features no dialogue, the gritty thriller Charismata from the U.K., the genre throwback Close Calls, and a new vision of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story in Steven Berkoff’s Tell Tale Heart.
Rounding out the feature film category is the sci-fi mindbender Future, the debut film from director Rob Cousineau, who will be in attendance at the festival for a Q&A, and the tale of a hungry cryptid in Sightings, from North Carolina-based filmmaker Dallas Morgan, who will also be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.
There also is a strong collection of 40 short films screening over the three-day festival, including the clown terror of Balloon, the gothic horror of Creatures of Whitechapel, the awesomely fun Oh, The Effing Horror, hilarious horror comedies Blood Sisters from Australia and The Barber’s Cut from the U.K., and the World Premiere of the stunning stop-motion animated The Funhouse Waltz from New Zealand.
In addition to the features 3 Dead Trick or Treaters and Future, both of which take place during our favorite holiday, the Halloween section of the festival also includes the short films Dark Roast, Samhainophobia, The Haunt, The Cute Girl’s Guide to Halloween, and They Live Inside Us.
There are a total of 13 films screening that were made in North Carolina, including four shorts filmed on the historic Outer Banks, where the festival takes place – the award-winning Lost in Buffalo City, the tech nightmare Let’s Go, the World Premiere of the animated music video The Cthulhu Candidate, and the World Premiere of a dystopian look at the future in The Transgressor, each with the filmmakers in attendance.
And that’s just the beginning, as you can check out the full schedule OBXHalloween.com.
All Festival film screenings will once again be shown at RC Theatres Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.
Tickets are on sale now for just $12 per day or $30 for a three-day pass to all festival screenings, available at the box office at R/C Theatres in Kill Devil Hills or online at HalloweenInternationalFilmFestival.com.
The 2017 Halloween International Film Festival will be followed by the largest Halloween celebration in Dare County, the 4th Annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade of Costumes and pre-parade party on Sunday, October 29 on the outside lawn at Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head. The costume contest awards ceremony will follow the Parade. Admission to attend and registration to participate in the Halloween Parade is free.
The mission of the Halloween International Film Festival is to promote the artistry of independent films made in the spirit of creativity, support the future of cinema by providing exposure for talented visionary filmmakers, and celebrate a collective passion for Halloween.
Presented by OBX Entertainment, this event is sponsored by The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Gallop Funeral Services Inc., WOBR Pirate 95.3, the Outer Banks Sentinel, Access Print & Design, and Halloween Daily News.
Updated details on the 2017 Halloween International Film Festival and the Outer Banks Halloween Parade can be found online at OBXHalloween.com.